The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History has announced plans to reopen for limited tours beginning Tuesday, Aug. 4, as well as a new exhibit, for which the public was invited to contribute photos and videos.

“The HBCU Experience, Past, Present and Future” will be on exhibit through Sept. 25 at the museum at 1116 Phillips St.

The exhibit examines the role historically Black colleges and universities have played in shaping many of the iconic figures of Augusta, including the namesake of the museum, Lucy C. Laney, who graduated in 1873 in the first class of the Normal School of Atlanta University.

“Post-Civil War America saw the creation of dozens of HBCUs, from Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia, to Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina,” according to the exhibit’s listing at lucycraftlaneymuseum.com. “All HBCUs are not the same. Some are large, like Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and others have a more intimate campus setting, like Paine College in Augusta, Georgia. But no matter the size or geographic location of the school there is one thing that is for certain, the HBCU experience is a collegiate experience unlike any other.”

The physical exhibit features several virtual and interactive components, including videos where the public was invited to share their HBCU experience.

In early September, there will be a virtual panel discussion about the importance of the HBCU in the 21st century. The panel, with representatives from various historically Black colleges and universities, will be moderated by Dee Griffin, a Fisk University graduate.

Tours, which cost $7, are limited to four visitors and are by appointment only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum has implemented safety guidelines, which include temperature checks prior to entering and face coverings for staff and visitors. Floor markers to help maintain social distancing and hand sanitizing stations also have been added. Monthly senior luncheons remain canceled until further notice.

For more details or to schedule a tour, call (706) 724-3576, or visit lucycraftlaneymuseum.com.

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